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Covid-19 Vaccine Compensation Scheme Under the Spotlight

April 6, 2022

Department of Health

Directions on the setting up of the Covid-19 Vaccine Injury No-Fault Compensation Scheme are in place.

The health department published the Directions in Government Gazette 46196.

The Directions were drawn up in terms of Disaster Management Act Regulations.

They focus on administration of Scheme; compensation for vaccine injury; claims for compensation and compensation.

The Directions are designed to facilitate the efficient administration and operation of the Scheme established by the Regulations.

According to the department, the Scheme has been “conceptualized in accordance with international best practice and is intended to provide compensation for vaccine injuries in a manner that is reliable, consistent and compassionate”.

People that suffer a serious Covid-19 injury resulting from a vaccine administered at an official vaccination site may be eligible to compensation from the Scheme.

Injuries covered by the Scheme include permanent or temporary physical or mental impairment and death.

Vaccines administered prior to 17 May 2021 are not covered by the Scheme.

The Directions came into effect on the date of publication.